Tuesday, November 10, 2020

lacking focus, literally...

in which our plucky heroine has an unproductive day...

Seven hours later and my eyes still noticeably dilated after my exam early this morning. I figured out I could turn the brightness all the way down on the monitor, and turn up the text size, but it is still too unpleasant to do much other than say hi. Trying to think of some productive things to do that do not require focused vision... (I napped most of the day, for just that reason, fortunately it should wear off by tomorrow) Thinking about maybe turning the rest of the apples into applesauce, cutting down boxes into useful size cardboard, washing dishes, and maybe some sorting of fabric scraps, which took over far too much space ever since the making masks madness earlier this year.

~ 100 day creativity challenge - day 71 ~
today's photo challenge word is monochrome which I interpreted loosely here as "neutral/russet"... Nandina tends to wear either warm neutrals (or bright colors) and it was fun to look around Acorn Cottage and find more objects that fit with the concept... including the old Steiff tiger, the willow bark basket I wove years ago at OCF, the decorated gourd that is even older, from when I lived in Seattle and took classes at the Basketry School.

beauty in the time of isolation - day 242:
I've never seen this before - the fruit of the southern Magnolia tree! I've seen the dried seed pods scattered on the ground, and occasionally seen the bright red seeds still attached, but this stage is new to my eyes. A tree in the parking strip a few blocks away was short enough that the various stages of development were readily visible, instead of being many feet above my gaze.
(magnolia seeds)

November SMART goals (x=extra)
1 five new dishtowels
restring beads
2 new apron
3 xx -
4 x x x
5 xx x
6 x x x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - modern untethered communication devices, that allow me to phone my distant friends and family whilst I am outside taking a walk, take photos to share at a distance, and have videos to and fro in the pixel world from here to the other side of the planet, if desired. It truly will always feel like living in the future to me...


  1. I have loved magnolia trees my whole life, as my maternal grandmother next door to my childhood home had one growing in her front yard. Thank you for reminding me of their beauty at all stages!

  2. I like the idea of Nandina having a tiger companion / protector and can see them on exciting adventures.

    The magnolia seeds are so pretty! Will you be using them in a creative project?

  3. That pink magnolia fruit is just the neatest looking thing. I've seen lots of magnolia blossoms here in Arkansas, but I've never noticed the fruit.